'''Sir Anthony Hope Hawkins''', better known as '''Anthony Hope''' (9 February 1863 – 8 July 1933), was an English novelist and playwright. He was a prolific writer, especially of adventure novels but he is remembered predominantly for only two books: ''The Prisoner of Zenda
'' (1894) and its sequel ''Rupert of Hentzau
'' (1898). These works, "minor classics" of English literature
, are set in the contemporaneous fictional country of Ruritania
and spawned the genre known as Ruritanian romance
. ''Zenda'' has inspired The Prisoner of Zenda#Adaptations|many adaptations
, most notably the The Prisoner of Zenda (1937 film)|1937 Hollywood movie
of the same name.